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Koh Kood is one of Thailand’s remotest islands, and it’s most natural with beautiful beaches & good resorts
Koh Kood is not only one of Thailand's remotest islands, right by the frontier with Cambodia, it is also one of the country's most natural and beautiful islands. And Koh Kood's beaches are among the most attractive and undeveloped in the country with a good selection of true beachfront hotels and resorts.
The first view of Koh Kood from a boat is quite seductive – green hills rising gently from the ocean, undulating under a thick cover of green. Few buildings are seen. Natural forest covers the majority of the land, though most of the lower slopes have been converted to rubber plantations, helping maintain the 'all-natural' illusion.
Koh Kood (also spelled Koh Kut, or Ko Kut) has long been a destination for Thai tourists from Bangkok, but in recent years increasing numbers of foreign visitors have been making the long road trip or short flight from Bangkok to find a more unaffected, tropical beach environment for relaxation. The new influx of foreigners has helped spur the building of several better quality beachfront resorts offering modern comforts and luxuries.
Koh Kood has its own special seasons, three of them
Koh Kood has its own distinct seasons, three of them. November to February is the foreign tourist season, March to May the Thai tourist season, while during remaining five months of monsoon the island's hotel industry virtually closes down. Only a few hotels remain open.
Distance and transport difficulties have shaped tourism here, making group tours and organized packages the norm. This is one Thai beach destination founded by the locals from Bangkok, with 3-star comforts the standard. Few walk-in visitors reach Koh Kood, and there has never been a real backpacker scene nor really cheap beach bungalows here. Even the more basic rooms are more expensive on Koh Kood, another result of the remote location. But it is that remoteness, and the natural state of the environment and beaches, that gives this tropical island its appeal for those with the time to make the journey.
During the high season months many resorts use speed boats to bring groups from the mainland directly to their own beaches. Thais from Bangkok often come in big families or groups of friends, while companies also use the island for staff incentive outings. During the 'Thai season' it is not unusual to see groups of 20 or 30 Thais playing beach games or paddling kayaks in Koh Kood's estuaries.
Koh Kood is remote; transport to, from and around needs planning
Independent foreign visitors generally have their transport arrangements to and from Bangkok organized by the resorts. If booking a resort through a booking engine like Agoda or Booking.com, be sure to follow-up by contacting the resort directly to enquire about travel arrangements.
The relatively long trip – five or six hours by road followed by an hour or more by boat – may sound arduous, but it has also protected the island from mass tourism and kept both the number of visitors and development relatively low. The flight to Trat airport is faster, but after check-in and waiting times at Bangkok's Suvannaphum, plus relatively high costs, it is not a popular option. See more about the transport options for Koh Kood in the travel guides in this site.
The island has a small network of narrow roads, but no public transport running on them, and few vehicles to rent. The three big ferry companies servicing the island provide transport between their jetties and all resorts, usually within the ticket price. Visitors who want to get around the island rent motor scooters, the only viable way. The roads are narrow and often overshadowed by the forest canopy, creating a delightful experience for those touring with scooters. With most of the network is concreted and in good condition (2017), the roads are well suited for new drivers. Only a few exceptionally steep hills in the far north and deep south present a challenge for the inexperienced.
some of the most beautiful, natural beaches in Thailand
Koh Kood's beaches rank among the most beautiful in the Gulf of Thailand, rivalling the best of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. They far outshine all mainland beaches on the Thailand's Pacific Ocean side. See the photos in each beach's gallery here. The low density of resorts and people here makes Koh Kood beaches even more appealing in the eyes of those looking for a genuinely tranquil, natural beach experience.
As with all islands in this part of the Gulf of Thailand, all major beaches lie on the west southwest coasts, facing the annual monsoon waves that are the real beach-makers here. The hotels naturally follow, gaining beautiful sunsets along with the beach.
The water off most beaches is relatively shallow – fine for swimming at high tide, though the low tide often leaves ankle-deep water or wide, exposed sand banks.
Southern beaches like Ao Phrao and Klong Hin, at the very bottom end of the island, and Neverland Beach are especially natural, with sparse bungalows spread through coconut plantations. See photos in the galleries.
few backpacker-style rooms, but a good range of interesting 3- and 4-star resorts
True Beachfront has qualified 28 beachfront hotels here – virtually every accommodation on the island save a few budget bungalows away from the beach. There is simply so much empty beach here that resorts can readily find a good stretch of sand, water and coconut shade, with some enjoying a beachfront hundreds of metres long. Six resorts have an entire beach to themselves.
A few northern resorts also have entire beaches to themselves, including the beautiful Captain Hook Resort, Laguna and Coral Beach Resorts.
Khong Chao's beachfront is lined by four of the island's better quality hotels, with the newest of them, High Season Resort, being one of Koh Kood's most luxurious. Its neighbours are three of the five characters from a literary classic that inhabit this fantasy island; Peter Pan Resort, Tinkerbell Privacy Resort and Wendy The Pool. Captain Hook Resort is banished to its own remote beach in the north, while Neverland Beach and resort are further south.
The new wave of up-market resorts that now greet ever-more foreign tourists include Cham's House, High Season Resort, Wendy the Pool and Tinker Bell.
Koh Kood also has the distinction of holding Thailand's most amazing beachfront resort of all, Soneva Kiri, a super luxurious collection of 35 pool villas spread through 150 acres of natural forest. The beach at Soneva Kiri is equally stunning.
no entertainment, not many activities on Koh Kood, but relaxing is perfect
Aside from relaxing, reading, swimming and normal beach activities, there are not many activities on Koh Kood. Kayaking is by far the most popular water sport, and most resorts supply guests with the rugged plastic kind. A number of mangrove streams behind the beaches make paddling more interesting.
Diving and snorkelling are readily available, though both need a boat trip out to deeper water and smaller, surrounding islands. There are two waterfalls, and though they are not spectacular they make pleasant diversions. Both require a motor scooter and a short jungle walk. The small fishing village of Ban Ao Salad on the island's northeast is quite interesting, and makes a pleasant excursion. There are a few small restaurants in this over-water community, and lots of fishing village activity like cleaning nets and drying fish and squid. Ao Salad is also the island base for the Koh Kood Princess ferry service which commutes daily from Leam Sok on the mainland.
so remote this island has no admin town or commercial village
Surprisingly, the island has no central village or community. Prior the arrival of tourism there are were just a few tiny fishing communities scattered around the bigger estuaries, and all transport was by boat. Today there is a police station, hospital and electricity generating plant behind the island's busiest jetty on Ao Tapao Beach, but few people live there and even this 'official' centre looks nothing like a village.
The nearest thing to an on-land community is the small centre that is developing behind Khlong Chao Beach. Here we find a few shops and restaurants, a dive shop and some budget bungalows facing the mangrove canal.
For more detailed information see the travel guide pages that show and explain Koh Kood in detail, while the photo galleries on each beach give a detailed preview.
by John Everingham